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F1 | Singapore GP | Seidl sure battle with Alpine will go to Abu Dhabi

Marina Bay brought McLaren's best result in the season and Seidl spoke to the media about Ricciardo, Alpine and the hard strategy choice during the race.

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F1 | Singapore GP | Seidl sure battle with Alpine will go to Abu Dhabi
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McLaren’s Andreas Seidl debriefed the Singapore GP to the media after a race where both his drivers ended inside the top 5 and delivered their best result of the season.

“The team did an excellent job together with both drivers in very tricky conditions in order to maximize the result,” he said. 

“The team on the pit wall together with good communication with the drivers found the right balance between trying to achieve a great result, but at the same time being patient and not taking any unnecessary risks.” 

"The most important thing today was, and I have to say that it was really well handled by Andrea Stella as our race director, together with the entire team, to make sure that the good result which was on our table today, seeing where we were in the first stint, to not get impatient and suddenly try to take unnecessary risk.”

The Team Principal praised both McLaren drivers for performing in such difficult conditions on Sunday night in Singapore.

“Obviously it was good to watch what George was doing after he switched so early to the medium tyres and it was clear after a certain point that it would just have meant an unnecessary risk to switch too early. That in the end I think locked in the position that Daniel was in anyway and of course, then on Daniel’s side we benefited from I think the Virtual Safety Car and by staying out long.

“What a drive from both drivers, I have to say, as well. It was very tricky, we have seen many drivers go long or go into the barriers and both Lando and Daniel didn’t hit anything today, showed that they are two world-class drivers and that helped us to score a very important result for our battle in the constructors' championship.

“I’m very happy obviously for Daniel as well, and everyone who works on Daniel’s car, to finally achieve such a great result, great recovery from starting in P16 to get to P5 which is well-deserved looking at all the commitment and all the work that went in from Daniel and his crew throughout the year. So, I’m very happy.”

Being 18 points behind Alpine on the constructors’ championship before the race, McLaren took advantage of the Enstone-based team’s double DNF involving Ocon and Alonso, to take P4 from them in the team’s standings, with McLaren now taking the upper hand, 4 points ahead.

“Alpine obviously had a great weekend in Spa where we had a lot of issues. And on the other hand, we had the opportunity to do the same today while they had issues.

"So, I think it's simply an open battle. I think it's very close together in terms of performance as well.

"We don't get carried away with the result from today. We know that the battle we're in against the Alpines in the constructors' championship is a very tough one and that's why we are fully aware that this battle might go on until the last lap in Abu Dhabi.”

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